Nebraska DHHS announces new acting state epidemiologist

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska public health doctor specializing in the spread of diseases has been chosen as the new acting state epidemiologist, officials said Friday.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced the appointment of Dr. Matthew Donahue to serve in the role. Donahue began his new position earlier this month.

Donahue completed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in June 2019, with distinction in research. He came to Nebraska as an applied epidemiology fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a partnership with the state brought him to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human services.

Donahue earned a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 2012 and his medical degree from the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine in 2016. He has also worked abroad, helping regions of South Africa, Peru and Ghana.